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In this week’s Spectator | 12 November 2009

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Five articles from the latest issue are available for free online to all website users:

A week after David Cameron ruled out a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, hardly a squeak of protest has been heard from Eurosceptics in his party. It’s not because they have accepted defeat, says Fraser Nelson, but because they are deadly serious about victory.

After a good meal, Tory MPs like to play a game: guess the first resignation from David Cameron’s Cabinet. One name comes up more frequently than any other: Dominic Grieve. Grieve is not a typical shadow minister. James Forsyth says that Cameron may regret leaving the law to a lawyer

Without meaning to sound nauseatingly smug or dangerously hubristic, James Delingpole might finally have become almost-famous. It occurred to him, bizarrely, whilst listening to Vanessa Feltz. His fame is owed almost exclusively to the internet and to this column.

The ‘poet of the piano’, Murray Perahia, talks to Igor Toronyi-Lalic about being championed by Horowitz, his rise to fame and how his injury taught him what to play. Essentially, it is yes to Bach and definitely no to Debussy.

Henrietta Bredin thinks that there can be no braver a gesture than building a new opera house in the current doom-laden financial climate. Deep in the heart of Texas, in Dallas, in the centre of its freshly revamped arts district, Spencer de Grey has done exactly that.

Additionally, last week’s magazine content is now available to all. Here is a selection of articles.

Rod Liddle wonders if the Roma really need to improve their resilience skills.

Sarah Churchwell says the American craze for Amish romance novels — ‘bonnet-rippers’ — is just one part of a strange new fashion for conservatism and abstinence.

Peter Jones laments another step on the route to the day when university teachers will provide gratification not education.

Toby Young expected a Hefner party, but this was like a ‘mixer’ at a Florida retirement home.

Philip Hensher reviews Blake Bailey’s life of John Cheever.

Alan Judd asks if the VW Polo is dependable or exotica.